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Any pilots here? FAA Warning

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Brian in Oregon, Jan 20, 2011.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    FLIGHT ADVISORY<br>
    GPS Testing<br>
    CSFTL GPS 11-01<br>
    January 20-February 11, 2011<br>
    February 15-February 22, 2011<br>
    Brunswick, GA<br>


    The Department of Defense will conduct GPS tests on January 20th through February 22nd, 2011. During testing, the GPS signal may be unreliable or unavailable.

    A. Location: Centered at 304906N/0802811W or the location know as 105.25 degrees and 52.1 NM from the SSI VOR.

    B. Dates and times: GPS testing is scheduled on January 20th through February 11th, 2011 from 0000-0245 UTC daily and February 15th through February 22nd, 2011 from 0000-0245 UTC daily. These tests may not be concurrent so pilots are advised to check NOTAMS frequently for possible changes prior to operating in the area.

    C. Duration: Several test events will be conducted and will be active for 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes of off time.

    D. During testing, GPS will be unreliable and may be unavailable with in a circle with a radius of 370NM and centered at 304906N/0802811W or the location known as 105.25 degrees and 52.1 NM from the SSI VOR at FL400; decreasing in area with a decrease in altitude to a circle with a radius of 325NM at FL250; a circle with a radius of 260NM at 10,000FT MSL and a circle with a radius of 215NM at 4,000FT AGL.

    E. Pilots are highly recommended to report anomalies during testing to the appropriate ARTCC to assist in the determination of the extent of GPS degradation during tests.


    The NOTAMs discussed in this advisory may change with little or no notice. Pilots are advised to check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes prior to operations in the area. NOTAMs will be published at least 24 hours in advance of any GPS tests.

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    The center of the test puts it 74 miles NE of Jacksonville, FL, out at sea.

    As for what and why they're doing this testing...

    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/spy-satellite-rocket-launch-vandenberg-air-force-base/story?id=12722092

    Things that make you go... "hmmmmmmm".
     
  2. Old Cowboy

    Old Cowboy Active Member

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    Doesn't effect my KR-87
     
  3. crusha

    crusha TS Member

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    Guess you'll have to zero out your INS & drive/fly real steady for 45 mins...
     
  4. addictedtotrap

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    Oh my, may have to use those antiquated "steam guages" in the airplane, if so euipped..:)
    Fly a VOR?? what?? I cant go Direct->???

    And generally ATC will give you info concerning your route of flight if they are not horribly busy.. SOmething along the lines of " Hey dont go thru that MOA,its dangerous.."


    Just a little bit of info from the FAR.. If you are a insomniac get a copy of the 2011 FAR's put you right to sleep:)

    Here is some more good government reading.. part b especially

    Sec. 91.133 — Restricted and prohibited areas.
    (a) No person may operate an aircraft within a restricted area (designated in part 73) contrary to the restrictions imposed, or within a prohibited area, unless that person has the permission of the using or controlling agency, as appropriate.

    (b) Each person conducting, within a restricted area, an aircraft operation (approved by the using agency) that creates the same hazards as the operations for which the restricted area was designated may deviate from the rules of this subpart that are not compatible with the operation of the aircraft.
     
  5. Bisi

    Bisi TS Member

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    Won't affect me. I fly IFR. (I follow rivers, roads)
     
  6. Old Cowboy

    Old Cowboy Active Member

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    There's nothing sinister here Brian, it's just a NOTAM. Kind'a like when the power company advises everybody that might be effected that there'll be a planned outage tomorrow afternoon for line maintainece. GPS has become one of a handful of IFR approved air navigation systems for civil and military aviation in this country so when something is planned that will effect the signal integrity the FAA publishes a NOTAM about it.

    John C. Saubak
     
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